PM Imran Khan praises team over beating New Zealand
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated Pakistan cricket team over great comeback in the World Cup tournament by beating hot favorites and unbeaten New Zealand comfortably, ARY News reported on Thursday.
In his tweet, PM congratulated the team especially Babar Azam, Haris Sohail and Shaheen Shah for their brilliant individual performance in the batting and bowling respectively.
Congratulations to our cricket team for a great comeback. Congratulations especially go to Babar, Haris and Shaheen for their brilliant performances.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 26, 2019
The green shirts beaten the Kiwis by 6 wickets in the 33rd match of the mega event at Edgbaston on Wednesday to keep their hopes for reaching the Semis alive.
Man-of-the-match Babar Azam was the star of the show, scoring a measured 101 off 127 balls — the first century from the side in this tournament — in front of thousands of fanatical fans in Birmingham.
Azam and Sohail’s fourth-wicket partnership of 126 runs laid the groundwork for Pakistan’s victory. The 101-run partnership for Azam and Sohail came at 44.4 overs with deafening cheers of support coming in from the stands.
Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand managed to post 237 runs for the loss of six wickets, thanks to a 132-runs partnership between James Neesham (97 not out) and Colin de Grandhomme (64).
Pakistan will play its next game with Afghanistan on Saturday.